Architects behind concept for a continually shifting home seek funding for realisation
Todd Fix of FIXd Architecture/Design has shared the firm's ambitious concept design for a luxury zero-energy home with WAN. The project is yet to move past the concept stage however the team are looking to press on with the construction of their first Mo Ventus House and are currently seeking financial backing.
At the core of this bold design is a highly-flexible and transformative shell where the walls of the main living room and home-office can be shifted throughout the day to cater to the needs of residents. The wall panels are large composite retractable screens and insulated shells which ride on tracks so that the interiors can be flooded with light through open glass, dappled with shade through patterned screens, or bathed in shadow when the opaque walls are in position.
These walls also support another key component of this house - its sustainability factor. The screens allow for the micro-management of day-lighting and heat gain while the basic architectural design looks to exploit the topography of the location as wind and sunlight are destined to be the major energy contributors to the residence.
The architectural team behind the design explain: “This house is organised so as to embrace and utilise the features of a unique landscape and dramatic sloping site. The topographically integrated cup or curved form is sited towards prevailing winds and is designed to increase by five-fold the wind speed and resultant energy. The resultant wind-produced energy is stored via hydrogen fuel cells on site for later use.”